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It's H-1B Season: Employers Get Ready for April 1, 2017 Deadline

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Advocates, employers, and employees are in a state of suspense in anticipation of potential changes to the H-1B program. The H-1B visa allows foreign workers to be employed in certain "specialty occupations," which are...more

New Standard May Make It Easier For Foreign Nationals To Get National Interest Waiver

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Administrative Appeals Office has issued a precedent decision in Matter of Dhanasar that sets new and broader standards for assessing eligibility for permanent resident status...more

DHS Announces Changes to U.S. & Cuba Migration Policies

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced changes to the policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals. DHS stated the “changes represent another important step in the normalization of...more

Matter of Dhanasar: A New Standard for National Interest Waivers in the United States

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On December 27, 2016, the AAO issued a decision that modifies the standards for granting a National Interest Waiver (NIW) in Matter of Dhanasar. This decision will impact thousands of applicants seeking U.S. permanent...more

USCIS Overhauls Eligibility Standard for National Interest Waivers

In a recent precedent decision issued through its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created a new and flexible analytical framework for determining whether a foreign...more

2018 Green Card Lottery Registration

by Mintz Levin on

On October 1, 2016, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2018), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory

by Field Law on

On September 29, 2016 the leniency period will end and all visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). An eTA can be obtained through an online pre-screening...more

September 2016 UK Immigration Update

by Morgan Lewis on

New developments include a number of Immigration Act provisions, changes to the recording of right-to-work checks, and early invitations to sponsor licence extension applications. Although the United Kingdom has voted in...more

Tax-Savvy Planning for Foreign Business Owners Seeking Temporary U.S. Residence: Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

by Gerald Nowotny on

The EB-5 Visa program has been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. The program is a great solution to the...more

Tax Traps Accompany EB-5 Visas

by Sanford Millar on

EB-5 Visas are sought after investment based pathways to a Green card. An EB-5 Visa is described in Wikipedia as follows...more

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